Culture, Context and the Mental Health and Psychosocial Wellbeing of Syrians: A Review for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Staff Working with Syrians Affected by Armed Conflict

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This fifty-page report informs mental health, psychosocial support staff, and healthcare professionals about the sociocultural background and cultural aspects of mental health and psychosocial wellbeing relevant to care and support of Syrians affected by armed conflict. It examines the Syrian sociocultural context, the refugee situation, and their mental health and psychosocial problems. It identifies Syrian social, cultural, religious, and contextual factors in the presentation and expression of mental and psychosocial distress, and how understanding these issues can inform the design and provision of mental health and psychosocial support staff services. It discusses ethnic diversity and language, religion, violence and displacement, specific mental health disorders and psychosocial distress, coping, and issues of diversity and vulnerability.

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United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
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The English language resource was created or reviewed by a medical professional for quality and accuracy.
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Resource in English Only
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Keywords:
Mental Disorders, Mental Health, Refugees
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Date Last Reviewed:
1/1/2015
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